Curated by Jesús Alcaide, Néstor García Díaz and Víctor Aguado Machuca.
Bogomir Doringer, Chenta Tsai AKA Putochinomaricón, Carles Congost, Ana Laura Aláez, Joan Morey, The Congosound, Magui Dávila, Nayare Soledad Otorongx, Gema Marín Méndez, Manuel Segade, Snap Bitch! X Don’t hit a la negrx (Galaxia, Wat3rmami AKA Donovan Toxic), Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló research group (Bartolomé Limón, Rubén Serna and María Sánchez), DIDDCC working group (Andrea Martín, Manuela Muñoz, Clara Neches, Manuel Padín, Natalia de la Piedra and Rita Zamora).
The idea behind the Image Symposium is to provide a space for collective thinking on the theory, practice, semantic openings and contemporary demarcations of visual cultures, taking the form of a forum for debate, a symposium and workshops, and an open call for research projects.
The point of departure for this year’s symposium is the work of a research group at CA2M which has sourced in Manel Clot’s texts a discursive output which has left us, more than anachronisms, reminiscences of the 1990s, like, for instance, underscoring the connections between the concept of club culture and art practice; or inventing and implementing appreciative and operative categories, where none previously existed, for the consideration of new expressive repertoires and new meaningful registers that would become symptomatic of a time and a place. In fact, the title given to this year’s symposium comes from Musée des phrases (2003-2015) by Manel Clot and the image is by Carles Congost, taken in Manel Clot’s studio with the assistance of Daniel Riera; in it one can see a young Fine Art student called Joan Morey.
The symposium is spread over three days with a full programme of conversations, reading sessions, performative lectures and listening sessions, which will help to situate a number of issues concerning club culture but, at once, they will also respond to the demand to expand the field of given representations of subjectivity, of the fluctuation of its value, of the position of desire; of recognizing possibilities of dissidence with regards social distribution or other relationships between the body and temporality.
19 May. Impure Scenifications (1)
12:00–13:30 Research group at Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló. Reading session on the exhibition and archive for Hypertronix, by Manel Clot.
16:00–17:00 Magui Dávila: Escribir una session (Writing a Session), DJ session and performative lecture.
17:00–17:30 Manuel Segade: Hacer noche (Making the Night), presentation.
17:30–19:30 Ana Laura Aláez, Joan Morey, Carles Congost and Jesús Alcaide: Un soplo en el corazón (A Heart Murmur), selection of frequencies around Manel Clot.
19:30–20:30 The Congosound, DJ selector.
20 May. Dance this Mess around (2)
12:00–13:30 DIDDCC working group: Party and Protest, expanded reading session.
16:00–16:30 Néstor García Díaz: Dance this Mess Around, presentation.
16:30–18:00 Bogomir Doringer: From I Dance Alone to Dance of Urgency, lecture.
18:00–19:00 Manel Clot: Musée des phrases, video-screening.
19:00–19:30 Gema Marín Méndez: Notas a una/sola voz (Notes in one/single voice), performative lecture.
19:30–20:30 Cute aggression, DJ session.
21 May. Sonic, somatic fictions (3)
12:00–13:30 Shared reading session on More Brilliant that the Sun, by Kodwo Eshun.
16:00–16:30 Víctor Aguado Machuca: “Éxtasis; faktura subjetiva”, presentation.
16:30–17:30 Nayare Soledad Otorongx: Cuerpxs que da pánico soñar (Bodies we don’t dare to imagine), performance.
17:30–19:00 Galaxia, Wat3rmami AKA Donovan Toxic: Snap Bitch! X Don’t hit a la negrx.
Prior enrolment is required to attend the symposium. Attendance at individual sessions may be allowed although priority will be given to persons previously enrolled. We would also ask all persons enrolled to please be punctual. Ten minutes after the beginning of the first session of the afternoon, any remaining places will be given to persons who have turned up for the session without previous enrolment.
Bogomir Doringer’s lecture is in English with simultaneous translation. All morning reading sessions will be held in the Aula, and the afternoon activities in SUI. The audience will be invited to take part after each conversation and at the end of each session and each day’s symposium.
Certificates of attendance will be issued to enrolees who attend 80% of the afternoon’s session. The morning sessions are voluntary and free while places last, but will not be taken into account when issuing certificates of attendance.
In order to attend the sessions, prior registration is required. Limited capacity.
The Image Study Days are dedicated to collective reflection on theory, practice, semantic openings and contemporary demarcations of visual cultures. This edition is structured in three study days made up of talks, reading sessions, performative conferences and listening sessions, which place themes related to club culture.
"High culture", 1996. Carles Congost © The Congosound o Carles Congost, VEGAP, Madrid, 2022.